Professor Viktor Prasanna of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering has been appointed to the Charles Lee Powell Chair in Engineering, effective November 1, 2006. Dean Yannis Yortsos of the Viterbi School of Engineering said: " I am very pleased to announce this appointment. It was recommended by the appropriate faculty committee, has been approved by President Sample and recognizes Viktor's exceptional distinction in computer engineering. Please join me in congratulating him on this well-deserved honor."
Prof. Prasanna joined the faculty of Electrical Engineering at USC in 1983 and was promoted to Professor in 1994. Since joining USC he has been a member of the Computer Engineering (CENG) group in Electrical Engineering. His research focuses on parallel and distributed computing architectures and algorithms. He was an originator of the parallel reconfigurable mesh interconnection architecture, now common in field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and has developed principles which led to many applications, including memory system performance optimization, cache-based signal processing and energy optimization for parallel systems.
Professor Prasanna is a prolific scholar who has written more than 300 journal and conference publications, three books and has co-authored or edited a number of other books. He has also received a number of awards and honors, including election to IEEE Fellow and an Okawa Foundation Research Award.